The Linford Christie Stadium Consultation

Closes 12 Jun 2019

Opened 20 Mar 2019

Overview

We’d like to know what you think about the future of the Linford Christie Stadium

The Linford Christie Stadium first opened in 1967 (as The West London Stadium), and most people agree it has seen better days. The facilities are outdated and are no longer of a standard which users are entitled to expect. The site could better serve the needs of local residents.

We’d like to improve and develop the site – including the associated sports pitches outside the stadium. But before we draw up any firm plans, we want to know what you’d like to see there.

Environmental impact 

The stadium is part of Wormwood Scrubs, one of the borough’s most important open spaces, so any development would have to be environmentally sensitive and comply with the requirements of the Wormwood Scrubs Act, Metropolitan Open Land, and other planning restrictions.

We want to find a new plan that meets the objectives of the Wormwood Scrubs Act in providing exercise and recreational facilities for the public while protecting the valuable flora and fauna of the Scrubs. 

Financial position

The stadium is currently losing money. It’s owned by the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust and the council is the sole trustee of the Trust. The Trust’s main income is from car parking which is committed to the maintenance of the Scrubs as well as other green spaces in the borough. H&F Council currently pays for the maintenance of the stadium. This arrangement cannot continue, given the ongoing cuts to its finances that the council faces from central government.

Planning for the future

Now is a perfect time to take another look at what local people want on the site so the council and the Trust have agreed to run a joint public consultation on the future of the site.

The findings of this consultation and any proposals that come forward in the process will need to be approved by the Wormwood Scrubs Charitable Trust Committee. They may also need approval from the Charity Commission and the Mayor of London, as well as the Ministry of Defence (because The Act also requires the Ministry of Defence’s consent for any building on the Scrubs because the Army has always been entitled to its use).

Following that, we’d draw up specific development proposals on which residents would again be consulted before any formal decisions are taken. We believe in doing things with residents, not to them.

And as part of the planning permission process, we would look at the impact on the ecology of the Scrubs and the local transport infrastructure.

Full details on the site and the surrounding area can be found in this report:

Linford Christie Outdoor Sports Stadium public consultation on options (pdf)

Please fill out the quick consultation and let us know what you think.

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